A 61-year-old man was transported to Erlanger Medical Center today after surviving a 100-foot fall off Signal Mountain while landscaping a customer's yard.
A 911 caller reported at 11:20 a.m. today that a male cutting brush on the side of the cliff fell down the mountain. Signal Mountain Fire Department responded to 202 North Palisades Drive and requested a mutual aid response for additional manpower and rope rescue teams.
Walden's Ridge Emergency Services, Lone Oak Volunteer Fire Department, Red Bank Fire Department and Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue responded to the scene.
According to fire officials, rope rescue units repelled down to the patient and reported he was conscious, alert and speaking to rescue personnel. It took 3 1/2 hours to extricate the man, evaluated by Hamilton County EMS and transported to Erlanger Medical Center for further treatment.